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Submitted by aprea 539d ago | opinion piece

5 Things in Video Games That You Never Used To Pay For

Gamers today are odd creatures, the kind of people who can rage about the cost of DLC one moment, and the next minute new DLC releases for their favorite game it’s “OH! Three new costumes for this one character for the low-low price of $15?! TAKE MY MONEY!” This specific behavior got me thinking about how I spend money on games. Has the amount I spend changed over the years? Has the price of certain things gone up? What’s different about buying games in today’s market versus buying games in the yester-years of the last generation of home consoles? (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

Upbeat  +   539d ago
The industry has become incredibly greedy, i mean Activsion increased the price of their map packs to 1200msp i think and you get 3 new maps and a remade map from the last game lol its a complete joke.

One of the street fighters a few years back also had locked DLC on the disk which they expected the user to then buy 2/3 months later.
Yi-Long  +   539d ago
"Do you spend more or less money on games now than you used you to?"
Much less. I used to be perfectly fine paying 50-60 bucks for a game.

However, I do want a COMPLETE game. And nowadays, with so many developers already bragging about how they'll be DLC-milking their game straight after release, that just automatically means: "Too bad.... maybe I'll pick it up a year or so from now, if they bother to release a complete edition, if I'm still interested by then."

So most of the games I bought this gen have come from the bargain-bin, often getting a GOTY/Ultimate/Complete/Whateve r Edition for 20 bucks or something. And many of those games I would have been willing to pay 50-60 bucks for, IF they would have just announced free DLC from the get-go, or just a complete game to begin with and nothing else.

Now, some will argue developers need to make a few extra bucks to make up for 2nd hand sales.

Well, if you want to combat 2nd hand sales, wouldn't it make a lot more sense if you announce to your customers: "Hey, when you buy this game we'll keep supporting it! You can expect some cool new DLC 2-3 months from now, so hang on to your copy! It will be worth it!". Guess what, the best way to combat 2nd hand sales, is to make sure people aren't selling their game 1 week after buying it, because they completed it.
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BiggCMan  +   538d ago
I'm right with you on waiting for complete editions/GOTY etc.. I am proud to say that I have yet to buy an online pass also, I just don't support it period.

As for DLC, most of the time I do wait for full editions like I said, but I have spent a small amount of DLC over the years. No more than 200 probably, and that's very little compared to many people that practically pay 200 for a single game with season passes, and some other extra nonsense.

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